I went to school today and worked for 4 1/2 hours! What did I get done? I cleaned out one drawer in my filing cabinet. I can't believe all the stuff I had. I threw away about 75% of what was in the drawer and I could have probably thrown out more. This is what happens when a school closes and you change grade levels a few times and then return to the grade you love at a different school. So that's 3 moves total! I thought since I'm starting my second year in the same classroom that I better throw out the junk that I don't want or use. Did I mention that I'm getting a new aide this year too?
Yes, I sat in on the interview for my new aide last week. I hope she decided to take the job because I think we would work well together. When you work that close to someone your practically married so it's best if we are a good match, but I'm not a difficult person to get along with either.
Before school let out, my previous aide, who retired, gave me a box full of Smart Pals. I'm not sure who gave them to her, but I am excited to use them more this school year. Check out the box.
Before school let out, I found some old workbooks and tore them apart and put the pages inside the Smart Pals. My kinders loved this!!! I allowed them to get one when they were finished with the journals. I color coded them too for differentiation. If you have these in your room, please share how you use them. I would love to hear about it.
If you didn't know, I am having a giveaway at my Teacher's Notebook store for my Black and White Editable Classroom Décor. I'm working on some more stuff that I will be adding soon. One will be an interactive SMART notebook file.